Parking Meter Pilot Project – Pay For Parking Using Your Smartphone

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 Parking Meter  Pilot ProjectThe City of Long Beach today announced a pilot program to introduce new parking meter technology, including payments via a smartphone App, as part of its ongoing effort to enhance the experience of visitors and residents parking in Downtown.

“This pilot program shows that Long Beach is taking advantage of the latest technology to assist our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “Not only will it conveniently allow people to pay by cell phone, but the system will e-mail or text reminders when time is about to expire, providing customers the option of adding more time without having to return to the meter – all through their mobile phone.”

Beginning April 11, 2011, eight solar-powered multi-space parking meters covering 36 parking spaces on Third Street and Broadway between Pacific Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard will begin using pay by space methodology, meaning that a motorist will enter their parking stall number into the machine when paying the parking fee.

“I am a big proponent of multi-space meters because they’re a customer friendly way of managing parking in our Downtown while improving the pedestrian experience on our sidewalks. They are a natural extension of our efforts to make our Downtown more livable for residents and conducive to businesses,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District.

The meters accept coin and credit/debit payments as well as payment through the Parkmobile App. To take advantage of the App, motorists can register for free at www.parkmobile.com; by downloading the App for I-Phone, Android, and Blackberry devices, or by calling 877.727.5932.

“These new parking meters are more convenient and a great improvement to our Downtown,” said Councilmember Robert Garcia, 1st District. “This is one more way we’re using the latest technology to best serve residents, businesses, and visitors.”

The City has partnered with the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), whose Downtown Guides will provide information and show the public how to use the meters from a cell phone.

Vehicle sensors in each parking stall will also provide real-time occupancy reports, which help increase the efficiency of the City’s parking operations and provides valuable information on parking usage.

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